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We often take notice of and pay tribute to the big and mighty. This applies in the corporate sector as well. The business pages in newspapers are replete with stories about blue-chip counters. We are fascinated in equal measure with how these companies became investors’ darling today as we are with how some of them fall from grace.

Often, medium and small capital companies listed on Bursa Malaysia get overlooked in the press. This is often unfair as many of these companies do just as well, if not better than their larger counterparts in their own way. In fact, today’s blue-chip was yesteryear’s small or mid-sized company aspiring to break into the corporate big league. These smaller companies play a significant role in the country’s economy.

It is with this in mind that Focus Malaysia, a business weekly under HCK Media recently held an awards ceremony to pay tribute to companies with a market capitalisation under RM1 billion. It also cements Focus Malaysia’s reputation as a long-term player out to do justice with its impartial and in-depth business reporting.

The CEO for HCK Media, Mr Hng Hung Yong took the lead in hosting the event. I couldn’t attend as I was away on business but I was pleased to learn that the event went very well. The prestige attached to the ceremony was obvious,

The awards are divided into nine categories, namely Overall Winner; Best Return On Assets; Best Dividend Yield; Best Enterprise Value Growth; Best Cashflow From Operations; Best In Transparency; Best Net Profit Growth; Best Revenue Growth; and Best CEO.

The judging criteria was validated by KPMG Management and Risk Consulting. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Paul Low presented the awards in a five-star hotel in Kuala Lumpur. OSK Property Holdings Bhd came out tops in the awards ceremony, winning the Overall Winner trophy. OSK Property also won the Best Revenue Growth category. The Best CEO award went to Mr Tan Kee Choong, 53, founder and Group MD of Signature International Bhd.

Below is the full list of winners:

Overall Winner
OSK Property Holdings Bhd

Best Return On Assets
Wellcall Holdings Bhd
Scicom (MSC) Bhd

Best Dividend Yield
Century Logistics Holdings Bhd
Country View Bhd

Best Enterprise Value Growth
George Kent (Malaysia) Bhd
Sunsuria Bhd

Best Cashflow From Operations
Huat Lai Resources Bhd

Best In Transparency
Hai-O Enterprise Bhd

Best Net Profit Growth
Asian Pac Holdings Bhd
Guocoland (Malaysia) Bhd

Best Revenue Growth
OSK Property Holdings Bhd
Knusford Bhd

Best CEO
Tan Kee Choong, Founder, Signature Intl Bhd



Winners in a group photo


Datuk Paul Low (fourth from left) with senior managers and editors in HCK Media



It was a night of glitz and glamour in a fitting tribute to the winning corporate high achievers


Guests listening in rapt attention as the winners were announced


Ms Yong Su Lin, CEO of MRCB-Quill REIT, which clinched second place under the Best in Transparency category receiving her award.